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Italy will host the International Strawberry Symposium 2020 Rimini, from May 2 to the 6

The International Strawberry Symposium 2020 (ISS 2020) will have more than 300 scientific interventions (148 oral presentations and 172 posters). It will be visited by more than a thousand operators of the sector from all corners of the world. In addition, it will have three different sessions and a great novelty during the main day of Macfrut 2020, in which the certification of nursery plants will be discussed for the first time. All this and much more is what awaits operators and industry enthusiasts at ISS 2020, which will take place in Rimini from May 2 to the 6.

Bruno Mezzetti

The symposium will be inaugurated on Saturday, May 2, with the presentation of the lecture "Strawberry: from the past to the future", which will be conducted by three teachers who have been responsible for the development of the program: Bruno Mezzetti (a professor of arboriculture in the Department of Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences of the Polytechnic University of the Marches), Gianluca Baruzzi (a researcher at CREA, the Italian Council for the Study and Analysis of Agricultural Economics), and Maurizio Battino (an Associate Professor of Biochemistry in the Department of Clinical Sciences of the Faculty of Medicine of the Polytechnic University of Marche). After that, professors Aaron Liston and Antonio Fernandez-Salvador will pay tribute to the geneticist Chad Finn.

Gianluca Baruzzi

The symposium will enter its program fully on Sunday, May 3, with two plenary sessions followed by several interventions divided into three main arguments: genetic resources, cultivation systems, and world production. The activities will continue on May 4th and 5th, covering different topics, such as the genetics and physiology of strawberries, the defense of the plant, post-harvest, the strawberry's properties and their positive effect on human health, and consumer perception, among others. The event will conclude with the presentation of conclusions on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 5.


Maurizio Battino

The symposium's full program can be found at:

The event has been organized by the Polytechnic University of the Marche and by the Italian Council for Agricultural Research and Analysis of Agricultural Economics (CREA, for its acronym in Italian), in collaboration with the International Society of Horticultural Sciences (ISHS, for its acronym in English). The registration period to participate in the event is still open. You can register online via the following link:

Pre-tour: April 30 - May 2:

Post-tour: May 7 and 8: 

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